Category Archives: Fractals

Steven Strogatz guest blogs on the New York Times

New York Times logo Steven Strogatz, a mathematician at Cornell University and the author of a really cool book on chaotic dynamical systems was asked to guest blog at the New York Times today. He has written a short but interesting piece about power laws originating in biological systems and even in cities.

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Iterated Function Systems and Fractals

This code generates fractals based upon an iterated function system (IFS). Several input files and a Makefile are included. The code is written in C++, and distributed as a tarball. I did this for a class at the University of Utah, but it is based upon a homework assignment for a computer graphics class at MIT (6.837).

Below is the famous Barnsley fern which was generated by an IFS with just four transforms!
Barnsley Fern